Northampton School for Girls: admissions information

​Northampton School for Girls, Spinney Hill Road, Northampton NN3 6DG

Oversubscription criteria: September 2017 entry

The school is using a system of banding in order to ensure that there is access to the school for girls across the ability range. Since the school draws applications from across the whole of Northampton and surrounding areas, the SAME ability test is taken by ALL applicants and is used to allocate girls to bands, All applicants take the Common Ability Test (CAT) at the same time and under the same conditions. Apart from students with statements of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care plan or children in care or previously looked after,
children who have sat the Common Ability Test and been allocated to ability bands will be considered for available places before those who have not.

All applicants will be placed within five bands of cognitive ability. These bands will be of equal size and based on the rank order of the Common Ability Test.

Where there are more applicants than places available, following the allocation of places to students with Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN), all students will be placed in 5 bands of cognitive ability and the following criteria will then be applied in order:

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) or previously in public care
  2. Students who will have an older sibling continuing at NSG at the time of admission.
  3. Children of staff*
  4. Up to a maximum of 10% of places (27) allocated on the basis of aptitude for Music*
  5. Up to a maximum of 10% of places (27) allocated on the basis of proximity to the school.
  6. Other pupils.


If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, random allocation (fair allocation) will be used to determine to which pupils in this criterion a place will be offered. Pupils are ordered alphabetically and numbered. These numbers are then put into a random order using an electronic randomizer. This denotes the order in which these pupils will be allocated within this criterion.

Note: After the allocation of places to students with SEN, all students will be placed in five bands of cognitive ability. The following process is used:

  1. The bands of cognitive ability will be of equal size and will be based on the same common ability test.
  2. The number to be admitted from each band, after allocation of SEN places, is determined by dividing the places remaining by five.
  3. The oversubscription admission criteria 1 to 5 in turn are then applied to each band.

Important notice

ALL students, including those applying for an aptitude place, who seek a place at the school under ANY criteria MUST complete an NSG Supplementary Information Form and submit it to the school by 5.00 pm on Monday 31 October 2016, AS WELL AS submitting the Local Authority Application Form to the Local Authority by 5.00 pm on Monday 31 October 2016.

ALL applicants will be required to attend on the morning of Saturday 3rd December 2016 in order to sit an ability test, the results of which will be used to both operate the banding system fairly and to provide valuable information used for grouping students.

*Additional Information

  1. Criterion 3 – Children of staff at the school
  2. Children of staff directly employed by Northampton School for Girls will be allocated a place if either or both of the following conditions are met:

    • where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or
    • the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
  3. Criterion 4 – Aptitude for Music
  4. “A child with aptitude is one who is identified as being able to benefit from teaching in a specific subject or who demonstrates a particular capacity to succeed in that subject. When considering whether the child has an aptitude for a subject the admission authority must determine whether a child demonstrates a particular capacity to learn or to develop skills in that subject, and that she can benefit from the particular expertise and facilities at that school”. School Admissions Code – Department for Education.

    If you wish your daughter to be considered for a place under Criterion 4, Aptitude for Music, please:

    • Fill in the ‘Aptitude for Music’ form.
    • Return it to NSG by 4.00pm on the final Friday before the school’s October half term.

    You should then attend NSG for the aptitude test on the morning of the second Saturday in November.

    Your daughter will not need to bring a musical instrument.

    Please note that the test does not require any preparation or revision.

  5. Other Pupils – Fair Allocation
  6. Fair, or random, allocation is used to decide which students will be offered the remaining places in each band after Criteria 1 to 5 have been applied.

  7. Twins, triplets or other multiple births

In the case of twins/multiple births from the same household, places will be offered above the published admission number to the other twin or multiple birth children whose twin or multiple birth sibling was offered a place within the admission number. If the qualifying sibling withdraws, then the second place (or other places) is forfeit.

If you have any queries about our Admissions Policy or Procedures, please telephone the school and
ask to speak to the Headteacher’s PA. 

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